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Old 02-26-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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Unhappy Need a kick-butt real estate agent in Poconos

Hi,

Our house in Mt. Pocono has been on the market for 18 months now. We started at 10k below what the agent thought it was worth, and have dropped the price a further $30k. We keep re-signing with the same agent because we know the market is slow and he does seem to be trying, but we're starting to feel stupid for staying with him. Does anyone know an agent in the Poconos who's still getting stuff sold? We want out of this house!

I don't mind if agents themselves PM me if that's allowed, but would like to get recommendations from non-agents, too. I know people aren't allowed to advertise on the forums.

Thanks!

Amanda
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Hi there,
I have 2 excellent realtors but unfortunately they only hand Milford Lake Wallenpaupack. Others here live closer to the area that you are looking for. Good luck. It is a tough market and I have a great realtor. You might expect a house to be on the market longer. Ours has been on the market for 10 months and buyers now are really taking their time.

Hat
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:28 AM
 
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I'm an agent in the area and things are tough plus it's the hardest time to get people out to look right now. Ask your agent to try different things to get your home shown, remember the more showings you get the more possibilities of getting an offer. Here is what I would try:
1) Make sure you have interior pictures on the MLS
2) If you agent does virtual tours make sure you have one
3) Offer incentives for showings vs. a bonus on commission when sold ex. a gas gift card for every showing on your property with feedback so the agent gets an incentive and you are guaranteed feedback.
4) Refresh the home take it off the MLS for 30 days so you can start the Days On Market over again but keep it active in the office.
5) Do an open house with agent to make sure they are familiar with the house
6) Invite the entire listing office over to give you feedback on what you could do to help it show better --- and then take the advice.

You sounds like you have a rapport with your agent already and I know when someone has loyalty to me I work even harder to get that home sold, it's as if it becomes a personal challenge. If you feel comfortable with him -- stick with him if he is doing his job.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Greater Scranton Area
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4) Refresh the home take it off the MLS for 30 days so you can start the Days On Market over again but keep it active in the office.
Be very careful practicing this with Flex MLS. I am not a Realtor, but belong to every MLS in the region as an appraiser. This could be a serious violation of your MLS guidelines, have your broker and their attorney read the fine print. I know in the Greater Scranton Board this is an infraction that will irreparably harm your broker's reputation if and when caught.

Plus, this is a gross misrepresentation and is terribly misleading to any potential buyer out there. You bet your behind that if I'm purchasing real estate I want to know EXACTLY how long the listing has been exposed to the open market. I don't want to have to pick through the cracks and see it was re-listed by the same Realtor in an attempt to mislead me.

I believe the National Association of Realtors have invested millions of your dues into an advertising campaign that promotes public trust and integrity. I looked up integrity just now, I didn't see 'to intentionally defraud' anywhere in there.

Your other points are great advice for any homeowner. In the future, kindly omit #4.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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The days on market will still show up under history of the home this is not meant to defraud, most agents will dismiss a home if it is not a newer listing and it will not get sent out to buyers on auto email unless it is refreshed. When you have a buyer interested in the home it is standard to pull the history report as well as the sellers disclosure which is dated from the original list date so they are aware how many days it has been listed.
This is never meant to deceive just to get more auto emails out as well as get agents to not dismiss the home when pulling to show. I will have my broker run it by the attorney just to double check, I can't say I know everything for certain but I can say I know it is never meant to maliciously deceive. Thanks for the heads up, in the meantime I will wait to hear from my broker before using this practice.
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